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straw question
    #1552754 - 05/16/03 12:10 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

hi, i was wondering if i put straw into a blender and cut it down to small 1/2 inch or less pieces if that would make colonisation faster? also i was wondering if i use small 4inc x 4inc containers how long would colonization take for the straw ...im using grain........thanks




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Re: sraw question [Re: JameZTheNewbie]
    #1552782 - 05/16/03 12:26 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

"hi, i was wondering if i put straw into a blender and cut it down to small 1/2 inch or less pieces if that would make colonisation faster?"

You could, but that might mess up the water content and possibly leave it open to contamination if there are uncolonized blades. Trich loves uncolonized straw, especially in casing.

"also i was wondering if i use small 4inc x 4inc containers how long would colonization take for the straw ...im using grain........thanks"

It really depends on how fast growing the strain you are using is and how well you mix the subatrate into the straw. It usually takes me about 5 days for a square foot. I let it sit for two more, though, just in case.

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Re: sraw question [Re: micro]
    #1552800 - 05/16/03 12:34 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

im using treasure coast .....dont want to sound like an idiot but what i was thinking of doing was taking starw put it into a blender...put it on low till it chops it into small pieces then pasterizing squeez all the water out then put in a ziplock filled a tenth of the way with spawn...a decent sized ziplock...then when it was colonized i could put it in a tray and add a casing layer...you think this is a dumb idea?


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Re: sraw question [Re: JameZTheNewbie]
    #1552819 - 05/16/03 12:41 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Could work. I'd poke holes in the ziplock bag, though.

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Re: sraw question [Re: micro]
    #1552824 - 05/16/03 12:43 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

alright thanks shrooms for you :wink:


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Re: sraw question [Re: JameZTheNewbie]
    #1553250 - 05/16/03 03:43 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Growing in plastic bags is a good way to go. I prefer to start with a large bag with lots of air and a very loose straw/spawn mix. A clear plastic trash bag is nice. After about three days the spawn mycelium expands and looks like popcorn. When it reaches the "popcorn" stage, you can press the straw into a smaller container such as a plastic basket, or a zip-loc bag, or you could mold it into a cake shape without ever opening the bag. The problem with spawning directly into a zip-loc bag is that the straw/spawn mix generates a lot of heat and consumes a lot of oxygen during the first few days and this could cause a dead spot in the center of the bag. PE plastics are permeable to oxygen and CO2 so there is no need to vent the bag but it wouldn't hurt. When the spawned straw becomes a solid, fully colonized cake it is ready to birth. There is no need to case with straw and casing can introduce contams.The block of colonized straw can be birthed in a terrarium or even an inflated plastic bag.


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